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What ‘Beads of Courage’ mean to young cancer patients

January 16, 2018 Posted by Josef Shomperlen

‘Beads of Courage’ mean a lot to many children on the cancer wards at Leeds General Infirmary.

They receive the beads after each treatment or step on their journey in hospital.

The mother of one child receiving treatment, Laura Keenan, is campaigning for the hospital to give the beads out to children in other wards as well.

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‘Being a teenage mother is so lonely’

January 16, 2018 Posted by Josef Shomperlen

Media captionShannon says having Harvey, two, has given her life direction

Teenage pregnancy rates in the UK have halved in the past eight years, but are still among the highest in Europe. New government guidelines are being released to help councils reduce the numbers further.

Shannon was 14 and her boyfriend Ethan 17 when she became pregnant with their son, Harvey, who is now two.

“Being a parent is one of the loneliest places I’ve been. You lose a lot of your friends, they don’t want to focus on this little baby,” she says.

“You don’t want people to see that you’re struggling and get the impression that you’re a bad mum because you’re struggling. It’s one of those things you keep in.”

She has had negative experiences due to her age, including a nurse who dismissed her when she had stomach pains a few weeks before her due date.

“I remember her saying to me, ‘Oh you wouldn’t know what labour feels like, you’re too young.’”

She was sent home but returned on the advice of a midwife three days later.

“I had a scan and it turned out that I was right all along, my waters had broken, I didn’t know that they had. He had been in my stomach for three days without any water.”

Contraceptive access

The rate of teenage pregnancy is at the lowest level since records began in the 1960s.

A total of 5,483 of the 632,048 deliveries in England in 2015-16 were to teenage mothers.

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Shannon says having Harvey has given her life direction

Improved access to the right contraceptives, better sex education, more open attitudes to talking about sex, plus teenagers socialising more online are some of the reasons cited for the fall.

But there has been no government guidance on preventing teen pregnancy since 2010, so councils across England asked for a definitive set of guidelines on how to continue the downward trend.

These new guidelines from Public Health England outline what authorities should be doing, with 10 key factors and a checklist so councils can evaluate their current local situation, identifying gaps and actions.

They include better education, training for health professionals, making sure teenagers have access to contraceptives and ways of supporting vulnerable teens who are more likely to have children at a young age.

‘Not just cuddles’

Alison Hadley, director of the University of Bedfordshire’s Teenage Pregnancy Knowledge Exchange, helped create the guidelines, and says the aim is to ensure councils make the best use of assets in their areas, as less money is available.

“You would start with improving the sex and relationships education in schools, in primary schools and secondary schools so that all children in the area get really good knowledge and confidence and know about healthy relationships, consent, and where to ask about contraception when they get into a sexual relationship,” she explains.

Shannon agrees. “It needs to be spoken about more, because people really have the assumption that when you have a baby it’s a newborn, it’s all cuddles, and it’s really not as easy as that. Also talk about contraception, normalise it more.”

The latest official figures show the UK still has some of the highest proportion of births to teenage mothers in Europe, almost five times higher than those in Switzerland and Italy.

There are currently no national targets on teenage pregnancy rates and there are concerns that cuts in public health spending could lead to the number of young parents rising.

Ms Hadley said other countries did not have the “inhibiting stigma” which stopped people from asking for advice earlier.

“They have a much more open and unembarrassed approach to sex and relationships education. Many of those countries expect that young people will start having sex and relationships and it’s the country’s and the parents’ duty to equip them with the information to look after themselves,” she says.

Despite the difficulties, Shannon enjoys being a mum.

“Before I had Harvey, I didn’t know where my life was going, now I have so much of a purpose, I feel like he has helped me a lot, to know where I want to go, where I want to be and what I want out of life.”

Watch the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme on weekdays between 09:00 and 11:00 on BBC Two and the BBC News channel.

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Carillion apprentices among casualties as firm collapses

January 16, 2018 Posted by Josef Shomperlen

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Carillion apprentice Kyle Fitzsimmons is weeks away from achieving a higher level carpentry qualification

“I’m really worried I might lose access to all my work,” says Kyle Fitzsimmons, who until Tuesday morning was studying for a higher level carpentry apprenticeship with Carillion in Liverpool.

He and the rest of his class were getting on with their work at the training centre when their tutor was suddenly called to a meeting.

When he came back, the tutor told the group they had to leave and that the electricity was about to be turned off.

Someone would be in touch, the tutor told the apprentices.

“It all happened really quickly,” says Kyle.

Some members of the group found they could no longer access their work online.

Kyle says he still can and is trying to print it off in case it disappears.

He has just weeks to go before he qualifies and is desperate to get his certificate as he is hoping to travel to Australia to work as a carpenter there.

He joined Carillion straight out of school three years ago and has completed level one and two apprenticeships in carpentry and joinery – but the higher, level three qualification, is the one he really needs to get better paid work.

The trainees work five days a week with local work-experience providers and then do block release courses in college for periods of up to eight weeks to improve their skills.

Kyle says the whole experience has been frustrating, with tutors sometimes not turning up to teach the courses – but he persevered and has now all but achieved his goal.

He says he has already been in touch with a local college and has a meeting to talk about completing his qualification there.

‘Bags packed’

Another apprentice, trainee bricklayer Jay Smith, told the BBC that nobody knew what to believe at his training centre in Birmingham.

“What I’ve been told is the centre has two weeks to come up with the money to pay its debts otherwise it’s going to be sold or closed,” he said.

“If it’s sold, we’re moved to a different training centre or another area – but if it’s closed, we lose the apprenticeships.

“Yesterday we saw people leaving, the man in charge of stock just left, he was the first to go.

“Then, we saw people high up in the office with their bags packed leaving.

“I saw another man going, and more people just with their bags packed going.”

The Construction Industries Training Board estimates that Carillion has about 1,400 apprentices.

CITB says it is working to secure the future of the apprentices and hopes a package of grants and transfer incentives it is putting together will “encourage construction employers to enable these apprentices to join their existing workforce”.

“CITB’s priority is to do all it can to ensure that Carillion apprentices can continue their training so their skills are not lost,” said chief executive Sarah Beale.

The Department for Education said the transfer of the training of Carillion apprentices to the CITB would help protect them.

“We will continue to work closely with the CITB to support apprentices to remain in existing placements or to find new employment with other local organisations so they can complete their training,” an official said.

Carillion apprentices can contact CITB on or 0344 994 4010.

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Bordesley Independent School boss banned from teaching

January 16, 2018 Posted by Josef Shomperlen

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Bordesley Independent School was inspected three times

The owner of an unregistered school that had “no running water” and leaflets titled “Islam and terrorism?” has been banned from teaching.

Naveed Hussain, 39, the owner of Bordesley Independent School, was handed a prohibition order preventing him from working as a teacher.

The school was criticised by inspectors over child safety and the quality of its education.

An inspection found the school had no running water in the toilet area.

A professional conduct panel heard on one visit to the Birmingham school, inspectors found leaflets titled “Islam and terrorism?”, written by an individual that “had been found to have been denied access to the UK due to his extremist views”.

“Rooms were unkempt and/or unhygienic and/or cold and/or inadequate for the delivery of the curriculum suitable for the age of the young people attending the school (11-16 years)”, the report said.

Inspections also found the RE curriculum only dealt with Islam “to the exclusion of any other religions”.

‘Some remorse’

Mr Hussain qualified as a teacher in 2006 and set up the business that ran Bordesley Independent School in September 2014.

The panel concluded Mr Hussain’s conduct “fell significantly short of the standards expected of the profession”.

The report said: “Whilst the conduct found against Mr Hussain took place not when he was teaching but instead running a school, he was also a teacher of some experience and the panel considered that a strong public interest consideration in declaring proper standards of conduct in the profession was also present.

“The conduct found against Mr Hussain was outside that which could reasonably be tolerated.”

“In evidence, Mr Hussain did show some remorse and insight into his failings as well as appreciating that some of the concerns raised by Ofsted were not dealt with appropriately and that he would act differently in the future.”

Mr Hussain can apply for the ban to be lifted in two years’ time.

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‘Staggering’ trade in fake degrees revealed

January 16, 2018 Posted by Josef Shomperlen

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A BBC reporter was offered a degree from the fake Nixon University for $3,600 (£2,600)

Thousands of UK nationals have bought fake degrees from a multi-million pound “diploma mill” in Pakistan, a BBC Radio 4′s File on Four programme investigation has found.

Buyers include NHS consultants, nurses and a large defence contractor.

One British buyer spent almost £500,000 on bogus documents.

The Department for Education said it was taking “decisive action to crack down on degree fraud” that “cheats genuine learners”.

Axact, which claims to be the “world’s largest IT company”, operates a network of hundreds of fake online universities run by agents from a Karachi call centre.

With names such as Brooklyn Park University and Nixon University, they feature stock images of smiling students and even fake news articles singing the institution’s praises.

According to documents seen by BBC Radio 4′s File on Four programme, more than 3,000 fake Axact qualifications were sold to UK-based buyers in 2013 and 2014, including master’s degrees, doctorates and PhDs.

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Many of Axact’s online universities – such as Baychester University – share the same format and use stock photographs

A trawl through the list of Axact UK buyers, seen by the BBC, reveals various NHS clinical staff, including an ophthalmologist, nurses, a psychologist, and numerous consultants also bought fake degrees.

A consultant at a London teaching hospital bought a degree in internal medicine from the fake Belford University in 2007.

The doctor – who had previously been disciplined by the General Medical Council (GMC) for failing to report a criminal conviction – told the BBC he had not used the certificates because they “had not been authenticated”.

An anaesthetist who bought a degree in “hospital management” said he had not used the qualification in the UK.

And a consultant in paediatric emergency medicine, who bought a “master of science in health care technology”, claimed it was an “utter surprise” when the BBC told him it was fake.

There is no suggestion any of these clinicians do not hold appropriate original medical qualifications.

Large-scale problem

The General Medical Council (GMC) said it was up to employers to verify any qualifications additional to medical degrees.

But Higher Education Degree Datacheck (HEDD) chief executive Jayne Rowley said only 20% of UK employers ran proper checks on applicants’ qualifications.

And while purchasing a fake diploma was not illegal in the UK, using one to apply for employment constituted fraud by misrepresentation and could result in a 10-year prison sentence.

“[The GMC] are correct in that [doctors] are licensed to practice medicine if they have a legitimate medical degree. But [by buying a fake degree], they have still committed fraud and could still be prosecuted,” she said.

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said all NHS trusts operated rigorous primary checks.

Verification was “achieved through a variety of channels” and fraudulent activity would be reported to police, he said.

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The fake degree certificate offered to a BBC reporter

In 2015, Axact sold more than 215,000 fake qualifications globally, through approximately 350 fictitious high schools and universities, making $51m (£37.5m) that year alone.

Former FBI agent Allen Ezell, who has been investigating Axact since the 1980s, said: “We live in a credential conscious society around the world.

“So as long as paper has a value, there’s going to be somebody that counterfeits it and prints it and sells it.

“Employers are not doing their due diligence in checking out the papers, so it makes it work. It’s the damnedest thing we’ve ever seen.”

‘Very serious issue’

Defence contractor FB Heliservices bought fake Axact degrees for seven employees, including two helicopter pilots, between 2013 and 2015.

One of these employees, speaking anonymously to the BBC, said soon after he had been given a contract to work on the Caribbean island of Curacao, the local government decided all those working in the territory had to have a degree.

“We looked into distance learning, and contact was made with this online university. It was just something that needed to be done to keep working in the country.

“Everyone knew they were not bona fide. But no-one had a problem with it.”

Parent-company Cobham held an internal investigation into the incident, but decided the purchase was a “historic issue” that “had no impact upon the safety of any of its operations or the training of any individuals in the UK or elsewhere”.

“Procedural and disciplinary actions have been taken to address all the issues raised,” it added.

But MP James Frith, a member of the Education Select Committee, said the decision was a “very serious issue”.

“I am amazed that a business would put itself and its very existence at risk by having fraudulent qualifications to, by the sounds of it, get into a new market.”

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Former FBI officer Allen Ezell has written a book about “fake diploma mills” such as Brooklyn Park University

Following a New York Times expose in 2015, Axact’s chief executive was arrested and an investigation launched by the Pakistani authorities.

Senior manager Umair Hamid was sentenced to 21 months in a US prison in August 2017 for his part in Axact’s fraud.

Yet the Pakistani investigation has ground to a halt amid claims of government corruption.

Allan Ezell said Axact continued to launch new online universities all the time – and had now branched out into extortion and blackmail.

“It’s a whole new game,” he said. “Normally a diploma mill is finished with you by the time you get your degree. That’s just the beginning now.

“You get a telephone call that looks like it’s coming from your embassy or local law enforcement, threatening to arrest or deport you unless you get some additional documents to help support the phony diploma you already have. We’ve never seen that before.”

Cecil Horner, a British engineer based in Saudi Arabia, was still getting threatening calls from Axact agents after paying nearly £500,000 for fake documents.

Mr Horner’s son Malcolm said he believed his father, who died in 2015, had bought the qualifications because of the fear of losing his job.

“It makes me so angry,” he said.

“It’s unfathomable these websites still exist and they can’t be shut down.”

Action Fraud, the UK’s national cybercrime reporting centre, said it did not have the power to close fake Axact websites but instead had to provide evidence to domain registries and registrars, which could take months.

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A degree certificate from Axact-run Neil Wilson University

MP James Frith said he was “staggered” by the “aggressive tactics” used by Axact and would ask the Education Selection Committee to look into the issue.

The Department of Education said HEDD was taking a proactive approach.

“Degree fraud cheats both genuine learners and employers, so we’ve taken decisive action to crack down on those seeking to profit from it,” a spokesman said.

Axact did not respond to a request for an interview from the BBC.

File on 4: Degrees of Deception is on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 16 January at 20:00 GMT and on the iPlayer.

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England’s first ‘prisoner of war’ discovered

January 16, 2018 Posted by Josef Shomperlen

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The earliest use of “prisoner of war” in England appears after the Battle of Poitiers, fought in 1356

The earliest known use of the term “prisoner of war” in England has been discovered by a historian at the University of Southampton.

Court documents from 1357 show the term first used for the Count de Ventadour, captured at the Battle of Poitiers.

“It’s possible this early use of the phrase was prompted by the very large number of soldiers captured at Poitiers,” says Dr Remy Ambuhl.

This suggests a “new phrase linked to a new status”, says Dr Ambuhl.

But Dr Ambuhl says his research has shown that the legal “rights” attached to a medieval prisoner of war were not about protecting the captured soldier.

Protecting property

Instead, this was about an “economic status”, protecting the property rights of whoever held the prisoner.

The historian says the origin of the phrase “prisoner of war” is completely different from modern ideas of international rules governing the treatment of captured soldiers.

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Joan of Arc, the first woman designated as a “prisoner of war”, was not spared execution

Medieval warfare had its own international market in the sale of prisoners, with such ransoms becoming a lucrative source of income for soldiers.

The designation of “prisoner of war” status gave the “master” or owner of the prisoner legal protections over what had become valuable commodities.

Dr Ambuhl says the term was first used as an assertion of private, financial rights, with later court cases also using the term “slave” to describe the relationship.

This first appearance, earlier than any known previous records, appears in 1357 as “prisonnier de guerre”, using the Anglo-Norman language used in 14th Century courts.

Bernard, Count de Ventadour, who is now England’s first known legally identified “prisoner of war”, had been captured in France the previous year at Poitiers, one of the key battles of the Hundred Years War.

He had been “owned” by Lord Burghersh, a close adviser to Edward, the Black Prince, and had been bought for £5,000 by King Edward III.

This was a gigantic sum of money, says Dr Ambuhl, who thinks it was never paid in full. To put it into context, the amount raised by taxation annually would have been about £40,000.

The Count de Ventadour became part of negotiations over the ransom paid for the return of King John II, the French king captured at Poitiers.

By 1360, four years after the battle, he appears to have regained his freedom.


The research, published in the journal English Historical Review, also explains how people labelled as prisoners of war could be killed.

The most famous example, says Dr Ambuhl, was the French heroine Joan of Arc, who was legally recognised as a prisoner of war but was executed by the English.

The historian says that she could be the earliest known designation of a female prisoner of war.

But this did not give her any rights to special protection and did not save her from being burned at the stake in 1431.

Dr Ambuhl says the concept of “prisoners of war” being different from other prisoners was built on “economic foundations” – and that expectations of fair treatment are a much more modern interpretation.

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Dealing with debt: The mini-bankers learning how to save

January 15, 2018 Posted by Josef Shomperlen

Kirton Primary School in Boston has its own school bank and currency to educate children on how to manage money.

You can watch BBC Inside Out’s debt special on BBC One at 19:30 GMT on Monday and on iPlayer.

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Schools urged to help tackle Islamophobia

January 15, 2018 Posted by Josef Shomperlen

Azeem and Shutha from Cathays High School have contributed to the videos

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Azeem and Shutha from Cathays High School have contributed to the videos

Young Muslims in Wales say they have been frequently stared at in public, called “terrorists” at school and been told by strangers to take off headscarves.

It comes as schools have been urged to raise awareness of Islamophobia.

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales Sally Holland is focusing on the harm caused by religious hate crime.

Muslim pupils have shared their experiences to help shape resources for the classroom.

The most recent UK Government statistics showed a 29% rise in hate crimes in England and Wales.

Religious hate crime increased by 35% between 2016-17, during a time when a charity in Wales said teachers from 16 of the 22 local authorities reported incidents of racism in the last year.

Ms Holland said: “I’ve spoken to young Muslims from across Wales who’ve told me that they’re often scared in their communities, that they’ve directly experienced abuse at school, and that they’re tired of the way Islam is often portrayed by the media, and the effect this has on the views of their non-Muslim peers.”

Young Muslims’ views have helped shape the new resources for teachers to use in the classroom.

Media captionThese Muslim pupils from Cathays High School in Cardiff talk about race hate

Videos include contributions of pupils from Cathays High School in Cardiff where around three quarters are from minority ethnic backgrounds.

Shutha, 15, said has had “a few racial comments” directed at her.

“Stuff like ‘go back to your country’, stuff about what’s on my head without knowing necessarily what it’s for,” she said.

“I used to think it was people being horrible but as I grew older I realised that people aren’t really educated on the topic of Islam, the topic of what we do in our religion, why we do it and why we dress a certain way, why our beliefs are a certain way.”

She added: “And I feel like if people get more educated on that, there’ll be less Islamophobia, there’ll be just less hate in general.”

Though Azeem, 16, has not had direct experience of Islamophobia, some of his friends have.

“On the bus people wouldn’t want to sit next to them because they’re wearing headscarves,” he said.

Ibby, 17, considers himself lucky to attend a multi-cultural school which he describes as “a cohesive community”.

But outside the school gates friends have been “verbally assaulted” by people on the street, he said.

“Early intervention is what’s needed before the problem becomes a serious problem”, he said.

“Teaching young people about religion, about culture is hugely important”.

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Pupils in Swansea joined a pilot project to use the new materials

Lesson plans produced for the project have been trialled in schools in Swansea, Cardiff and Neath.

Jo Bamsey, a religious education teacher at Pentrehafod Comprehensive, Swansea, said they had received positive feedback from pupils.

“The three lessons were well thought-out and allowed for honest discussion in an open and reflective environment,” she said.

Fiona Thomas, a teacher at Dwr-y-Felin Comprehensive in Neath, added: “The resources conveyed the message clearly to our students that as humans we are all the same, enjoying playing football, listening to music and playing on the Xbox.”

Anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card said that teachers in 16 of Wales’ 22 local authorities had contacted them for support for help dealing with incidents of racism, or for help in delivering workshops.

Sunil Patel, campaign manager, said: “The number of inquiries our charity has received has trebled compared to the same period last year.”

Ms Holland said she recognised the challenge faced by teachers in tackling sensitive issues.

“We know teachers can sometimes feel unsure and nervous about delivering lessons on topics like this, and I hope this resource gives teachers the necessary guidance and support.” she said.

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Russia knife attack: Twelve hurt at Perm school

January 15, 2018 Posted by Josef Shomperlen

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Emergency services rushed to the school to deal with the fight

Eleven children and a teacher were wounded in Russia when a knife fight broke out at a school in Perm, a city 1,000km (620 miles) east of Moscow.

The victims were slashed when they tried to tackle two teenage boys who burst into a classroom wielding knives.

Two suspects, both 16, were detained by police and the incident is being treated as attempted murder.

Surgeons operated on 47-year-old teacher Natalya Shagunina and on four of the children, RIA Novosti news said.

The teacher remains critically ill, the others’ injuries are less severe.

Most of the injured children are aged 10-12 and have knife cuts to the head and neck.

The school was evacuated and will remain shut on Tuesday as police pursue a criminal investigation there.

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Classes were abandoned because of the emergency at the school

Conflicting reports

Some witnesses quoted on social media contradicted reports from local security officials about what happened.

The witnesses said the two boys with knives had attacked the teacher and slashed pupils who rushed to defend her.

One, quoted by Komsomolskaya Pravda daily, said the two boys were clad in black, armed with hunting knives and acted together.

Earlier, a security source quoted by Interfax news agency said two boys had started a knife fight in a corridor, then burst into a classroom where younger children were studying.

Interfax quoted another local source as saying one of the boys had been expelled from the school, because of drugs and mental health issues, but got in after telling a guard outside that he was a pupil.

There are reports that one assailant, or both, had been angered by personal comments on social media.

Children said they saw blood on the floor as they were led out.

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Tackling misogyny

January 15, 2018 Posted by Josef Shomperlen

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Teacher Severine Wilken thinks more schools should teach pupils about sexist language

“I hear it so often now it just doesn’t actually bother me, It’s just part of everyday life, just a normal word.”

That is the view of a teenage boy at Nottingham Free School, who is among a group of pupils being taught in special lessons about the impact of verbal abuse against women.

The school was so worried about the amount of misogynistic language to which its pupils were exposed, it decided to tackle the issue head on.

BBC 5 live was given exclusive access to speak to the young people, with permission from parents and teachers.

The students were asked to write down examples of the sort of language they’d heard or seen which might be misogynistic or prejudiced against women – some is reproduced here and may be offensive to some readers.

A 14-year-old boy says the words are regularly used amongst teenagers, “(to) insult your mates, whether that be a joke, or insulting someone, as if you meant to hurt their feelings. It’s so commonly used you don’t think about what the consequences might be”.

He adds: “I’ve called my mates a bitch before. I’ve also used the word slag before.”

A teenage girl says: “Boys usually use phrases like ‘like a girl’ or ‘get back in the kitchen’ but then I feel girls use bitch and whore and slag and sket towards each other.”


The teacher in charge of the lesson, Severine Wilken, asks pupils to write down all the words and phrases they have come across. It’s a long and depressing list of verbal abuse.

A board in the classroom is covered with sticky notes featuring phrases such as “feminazi” and “runs like a girl”, as well as more sexually offensive words.

“I was shocked by the amount that they are clearly bombarded with,” says Ms Wilken. “I was pretty shocked when I researched the lesson and discovered how much misogyny is in our day-to-day life, in popular culture that children are obviously listening to.”

The school’s head, Jenny Brown, says social media and the online world are compounding the problem.

“There are no boundaries online. No check, social norms don’t apply,” she said. “I think teenagers see it as a secret world so they feel safe to do things there they would never do in real life. They behave differently, and that’s the thing that adults don’t understand.”

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The school started the lessons because of the language to which the students are exposed

After getting pupils to write down the language they’ve come across, they’re asked to discuss the impact it can have.

For some of the girls in the class it’s significant.

“It belittles you as a girl. You feel really self-conscious and you get anxious,” says one. “There have been times I didn’t want to leave the house, I didn’t want to talk to people because I was anxious or I was worried about what people would say.”

Her classmate adds: “It’s not nice being on the receiving end. It makes me feel angry and almost embarrassed to be a girl because it makes me feel really low and small compared to boys.”

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Pupils are learning what the word misogyny means and the impact it can have

The class does seem to be making an impression, the boys say it has made them think again about how they use language, and the impact it has.

“When you’re saying it… you never think about what the consequences could be from what you’ve said. So now that you have an insight in what it makes other people feel like, it makes me less likely to use it,” said one boy.

Ms Wilken feels other schools need to follow their lead, saying: “We’re only educating a very small part of the Nottingham population, so pupils feel open enough to discuss a range of issues, but in particular also the girls feel confident to say ‘you know what, actually that’s offended me.’

“That’s where it’s going to start, not just us sitting back and letting things happen. When I did the research, it was amazing how many women actually do just get on with it, because, that’s life, and it shouldn’t be that way.”

You can hear more about this story on BBC 5 live Breakfast on Monday 15 January between 06:00 and 0:900 GMT and on iPlayer Radio afterwards.

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